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The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center
brings together researchers from diverse fields to pursue pragmatic,
data-driven solutions for Louisiana's pressing public policy needs.

Be Part of Louisiana History

Focusing on the Future by Providing Policy Research and Archival Preservation

The policy center will address some of Louisiana’s most pressing problems: criminal justice reform, poverty and economic opportunity, governmental ethics, and education, all issues Kathleen Blanco championed throughout her 25-year career in public service. The center’s approach is solution-centered and focused on using research to improve the quality of life for the state’s citizens. It also will make her gubernatorial papers available to researchers. The collection provides a unique vantage point from which to examine an extraordinary period in Louisiana’s recent history.

Join us for The Legacy Gala

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will celebrate the center’s launch and honor Gov. Blanco’s career at The Legacy Gala. The Sept. 21 event will be held at Le Pavillon in Parc Lafayette, 1913 Kaliste Saloom Road. If you would like to reserve a hotel room using our group rate, please contact Springhill Suites by Marriott at Lafayette River Ranch at 337.981.5512 and mention the Legacy Gala or use this registration link. There is also a group rate at the Hilton Garden Inn. Call 337.291.1977 and give them the group code GALA18 or use this registration link. Additional hotel options in Lafayette include the DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette, 337.235.6111, the Carriage House in River Ranch, 337.769.8400, and Home 2 Suites by Hilton Parc Lafayette, 337.706.8610, which is walking distance to the gala venue.  Proceeds will benefit the policy center.

Sponsorship & Support


Please consider a donation to support the Center.  All donors over $2,500 will be recognized at the Gala on September 21.

If you have any questions about supporting the Center, please contact Pilar Eble at 337.281.7255.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

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